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Release notes: Open GEE 5.2.0

Open GEE 5.2.0 the first open source release of Google Earth Enterprise. It is designed to be compatible with GEE 5.1.3 with the exception of MrSID support. Open GEE 5.2.0 includes a number of code and library changes to support the open source effort.

New Features

Open Sourcing. Open GEE 5.2.0 includes a number of changes that were necessary for the open sourcing effort. This includes several library replacements, library unbundling, removal of obsolete code and libraries, changes to support new compilers, updates to support git and Github, and several documentation changes.

New Installers. Previous GEE installers used proprietary tools that are not appropriate for open source projects. Open GEE 5.2.0 includes new installers that run as bash scripts. There are also new build and install scripts for the Portable Server.

New Tutorial Files. Images used in the Fusion tutorial are now provided in both tif and jp2 format. In addition, the tutorial files are stored and downloaded separately from the rest of the Open GEE code. Web Site. The Open GEE repository now includes the source code for the Open GEE website, which can be viewed at

New --listvolumes Flag in geconfigureassetroot. The geconfigureassetroot utility now supports a --listvolumes flag that allows users to display the configured volumes for the current asset root without stopping Fusion.

Supported Platforms

The Open GEE 5.2.0 release is supported on 64-bit versions of the following operating systems:

Google Earth Enterprise 5.2.0 is compatible with Google Earth Enterprise Client (EC) version 7.1.5 and above.

New and Updated Libraries

Open GEE 5.2.0 includes extensive library changes. This list may be incomplete.
Library Version New or Updated
Google Maps API V3 3.29 Updated
mod_wsgi 4.5.14 Updated
OpenJPEG 2.1.2 New
QT 3.3.8b-free Updated
GDAL 2.1.2 Updated

If you're upgrading from GEE 5.1.3, you may have to reinstall the prerequisite libraries after uninstalling 5.1.3 but before installing 5.2.0.

Known Issues

Number Description Workaround
2 MrSID imagery is not supported MrSID support can be added by purchasing a proprietary GDAL plugin that supports MrSID and modifying the build process to include the plugin.
4 Google basemap fails to load in 2D Mercator Maps Obtain a valid Google Maps API key and include it in /opt/google/gehttpd/htdocs/maps/maps_google.html.
6 The Portable UI reports an error any time a cut is canceled, even if the cancel was successful Ignore the misleading error message.
200 stage_install fails on the tutorial files when /home and /tmp are on different file systems Ensure that /home and /tmp are on the same file system or download the tutorial files to /opt/google/share/tutorials/fusion/ after installing Fusion.
202 Icons are not displayed on vector layers in the Enterprise Client No current work around. It is not clear if this is an error in GEE or in the Enterprise Client.
203 Some vector layer options are not saved No current work around
254 Automasking fails for images stored with UTM projection Use GDAL to convert the images to a different projection before ingesting them into Fusion.
320 The Portable Server web page uses obsolete REST calls Do not use the buttons on the Portable Server web interface for adding remote servers or broadcasting to remote servers as these features are no longer supported.
326 Libraries may be loaded from the wrong directory Delete any library versions that should not be loaded or use LD_LIBRARY_PATH to load libraries from /opt/google/lib.
333 Portable Server is not supported on MacOS Building and running Portable Server on MacOS should be possible with minimal changes.
335, 359 If there is an error while saving a resource, the resource cannot be saved again even if the error is resolved Close the resource form and open it again to make the save option available again.
340 GE Fusion Terrain is black No current work around
342 Fusion crashes when opening an unsupported file type Re-open fusion and avoid opening unsupported file types.
375 Invalid version of psycopg2 on Ubuntu 16.04 On Ubuntu 16.04 switch to 'python-psycopg2' instead of 'python2.7-psycopg2'.
380 Provider field in resource-view is blank Open the individual resource to see the provider
401 GEE commands are not in the path for sudo. Specify the full path when running commands or add /opt/google/bin to the path for all users, including the super user
402 Provider manager window locked to main window. No current work around
403 Missing close button on system manager window in RHEL 7 Right click the title bar and select close
404 Opaque polygons in preview. No current work around
405 Vector layer preview not cleared in some situations Reset the preview window to the correct state by either clicking on it or previewing another vector layer
407 Corrupt data warning when starting fusion No current work around but Fusion loads and runs correctly.
423 Slower JPEG2000 performance than 5.1.3 Use Geotiff or other image formats.
437 Rebooting VM while it is building resources results in a corrupted XML No current work around
440 Fuzzy imagery in historical imagery tests. No current work around
444 Fusion installer does not upgrade the asset root on RHEL 7 Upgrade the asset root manually by running the command that is printed when you try to start the fusion service
453 Improve `check_server_processes_running` detection for uninstall No current work around
456 Inconsistent behavior of vector layers after upgrade No current work around
474 Running gee_check on some supported platforms reports that the platform is not supported You can ignore the failed test if using a supported platform (Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, RHEL 7, and CentOS 7).
476 Support building on CentOS6 with Python2.6 No current work around
477 'service geserver stop/start/restart' doesn't work on Ubuntu 16.04 without a reboot Reboot and try again

Resolved Issues

Number Description Resolution
(none) Error when fusing a mosaic in GDAL 2.x Implemented IReadBlock() API for khVRRasterBand
16 gefusionuser must have write access to vector files Removed the requirement for write access
26 Fusion segmentation faults when trying to push and the server is not available Passed the correct data type to cURL function
167 If save fails because the Fusion server is not running, the user cannot save again even if the problem is fixed Updated state management in resource creation form
179 Update date parsing to fix default date handling Added code to handle default dates in Fusion tools
196 Simplify SSL settings and enable TLS 1.2 by default Consolidated SSL settings and updated the defaults to include TLS 1.2
239 cachedreadaccessor_unittest fails on free() call on Ubuntu 16.04 Increased the size of a buffer that was overflowing
243 Fix broken line in cutter script Fixed the relevant line
351 Portable Globe Cutter fails with a Python error Fixed import errors in the cutter scripts
381 Error running POI Search Needed to declare the coding in headers of python script:# -- coding: utf-8 -
431 portable build failure - CentOS 7 - old version of pexpect. Try loading fdpexpect for version 3.* and above. If not successful, fallback to fdpexpect from older pexpect package.
435 Specify C++ version for portable build Updated the build_lib scripts to include the flag "-std=gnu++98"
436 Seg fault in fusion when opening vector resource created in old version Eliminated NULL pointer error in date/time function